Sunday, 20 July 2008

Hidamari Sketch x365 - Episode 3

Hidamari Sketch x365 continues on its usual fashion into episode three, proving once again to be a thoroughly likeable slice-of-life series.

To be honest, it's tricky to find anything too much to say about the show that I haven't already covered, all I can really say is that it handles its source material well, excelling it those little observations and moments in the average day that make you smile and laugh, and managing to do so subtly without jamming the punchlines in your face just in case you don't get it. When handled in such a fashion, even the smallest jokes somehow become just that little bit funnier - For example, the disruption of Yuno's step-counting on the way to a shrine this episode is disrupted by Miyako asking her the time. It's hardly the pinnacle of hilarity, but when treated right it can actually serve to be pretty amusing. Or maybe I'm just easily pleased.

Anyway, even putting the humour to one side the lilting and almost soothing nature of the series is very apparent, right down to the rather stylised animation which somehow fits perfectly with the show's mood. This is exactly the kind of thing that can help you relax at the end of a hard day, and with such a bunch of lovable characters it's really quite easy to find yourself wishing your life away to some little apartment complex in Japan. In fact, after watching a few episodes of this, all donations are gratefully accepted for a one-way plane ticket....

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